I haven't quite finished with courgettes yet, and I'm sure I'll miss them when they're gone but I've been dealing with another rather more welcome glut; of tomatoes. There were several tomato ketchup / sauce recipes on the blog now archived and this one from 2008 is typical of the recipe I've been using this time.
First published 3/9/2008 A load of balls
dinner was such a failure that I really didn't want to share it but
decided in the interests of painful truth and transparency to admit that
once in a while I make a small error, sometimes, maybe, a bit.
I were to tell you how I made these I'd have to kill you but if you're
determined to have a go set your search engine for Bondas, for it was
these delectable treats I based my disaster upon. My advice? Don't try
to use up leftovers, it'll only end in tears.
having made my supper I ate it and what made that possible was the
coating of sweet spicy tomato sauce I poured over the deep fried lumps
while they were still hot.
In fact, I've spent a long
time working on this sauce or ketchup or even, if you like, tomato jam
as part of the autumn task of preserving the tomato crop for winter.
a lot of work for a scant 800ml* of sauce but the flavour is good. If
you have a lot of tomatoes, or they're cheap at the market give it a go.
You have only most of the day to lose.
Sweetly Hot Tomato Ketchup.
2kg tomatoes, green stems and bad parts removed.
25g or so fresh ginger root, grated.
4 or 5 cloves
Cinnamon stick, about 4 cm.
Dried red chillies, to taste. I used three.
4 cloves garlic, crushed.
250g sugar (white is fine)
250ml 6% vinegar (I used a red wine version because I'm in France but white malt would do)
everything except the sugar and vinegar in a pan, put the lid on and
bring to a simmer over a gentle heat for 45 minutes or so. The tomatoes
will release their juice and cook in it. Allow to cool with the lid on
Run the whole lot through a mouli or food mill
(or press through a fine sieve) to remove the tomato skins, lumpy bits
and spices. You will have a quantity of thin, flavoured tomato juice.
a cleaned pan, put the juice, sugar and vinegar and bring back to
simmer. Stirring frequently, allow to reduce until the spoon leaves a
short lived clean line on the bottom of the pan after a straight stroke.
The sauce should now be about the thickness of ketchup. This may take a
couple of hours or more. If the heat is too high and your attention is
distracted it will probably burn. Bottle into hot sterilised jars and
seal with vinegar proof lids immediately. Should keep for a year but
probably won't as it gets eaten very quickly once opened.
* It might not have been quite such a meagre yield had I not raided the pan to douse my Bondas, but a girl has to eat.